The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

June 6, 2019, marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

At 6:30 am on June 6, 1944, 156,000 American, British, and Canadian forces stormed five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of Normandy, resulting in one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history. The Battle of Normandy concluded in August 1944, with the liberation of Paris and the retreat of German forces to northwestern France. Less than a year later, on May 8, 1945, Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered and the war was won.

Read more about D-Day: From the History Channel here and here. From the Eisenhower Archives here. Hear first-hand recordings from WWII vets here from the Library of Congress. Learn about D-Day at the National D-Day Memorial.

The following library materials are about WWII and D-Day:

Biggest Brother: The Life of Major D. Winters, the Man Who Led the Band Of Brothers, 940.54 ALEXANDER, LARRY

The Bedford Boys: One American Town’s Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice, 940.53 KERSHAW, ALEX

The True Glory, DVD 940.54

Abundance of Valor: Resistance, Survival, and Liberation, 1944-1945, 940.54 IRWIN, WILL

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies, 940.54 MACINTYRE, BEN

What Was D-Day?, J 940.54 DEMUTH, PATRICIA

Victory at Sea, DVD 940.54

Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won On D-Day, 940.54 MILTON, GILES

The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II, 940.54 KERSHAW, ALEX

Six Days: The Incredible Story of D-Day’s Lost Chapter, GN VENDITTI, ROBERT

Memoir ’44, GAMES MEMOIR ’44

Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII, J 940.54 PEARSON, P. O’CONNELL

Stories of World War II, 940.53 PARR, ANN

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Book Review: Shout


Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Filled with imagery and metaphors, Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson, addressed difficult situations including trauma, rape, cancer, addiction, and abject poverty. The author’s pain management comprised moving, running, art, and reading. Through powerful and memorable words, Laurie Halse Anderson tributes a gym teacher, an author, and a journalism professor for her curiosity. When a friend introduced her to a Carnegie library, “Lovebrarians” provided memorable treasures and angels without rivalry, criticism, or torture.

This collection of poetry provides escape recipes, social mountain opportunities, and “Sound of Music” harmony while encountering directionally challenging situations, war themes, sour relationships, and unfortunate vulnerabilities. Defenseless against figurative war zones and fighting battles just to breathe were typical experiences described while facing silence and sadness. “Dreaming was a tradition” to ward against a “lifetime sentence of rape” and other societal dysfunctions. Desperate to feel accepted without censorship or condemnation, Anderson presents desperate teenagers who ache to be included, deny compliance, and refuse to be silent despite emotional scars.

Riding a bicycle provided more than an equestrian simile, a connection to the real world, an escape mechanism, a sense of independence, and free transportation. Fantasies of being Madonna, Princess Diana Spencer, and Cinderella blossomed hopes of liberation and happiness.

When Laurie Halse Anderson was welcomed by Walter Dean Myers into the world of books for kids, she accepted a responsibility to her readers. Children with scars, should not “disappear into the rearview mirror.” These authors celebrated “writing for the kids the world doesn’t want to see.”

If you appreciate reading about people who face adversity, are drowning in broken dreams, and are “hungry in the sea of despair,” you will benefit from Shout. Transform your anger, crime, fear, or hatred into a “Mending Wall” that illuminates candles of hope and warms courage. If you are searching for companion reading, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh parallels “cyclical poverty and the country’s changing economic policies that solidified her family’s place among the working poor.”

Anderson’s unflinching vindication is a “denouncement of our society’s failures” prior to the #metoo and #timesup movements. Shout the truth!

Shout is available in hardcover and audiobook. 

Guest review by Carmaine Ternes: Kansas Librarian, Researcher, Writer, and Presenter


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